Joel Salatin How to prepare for a future increasingly defined by localized food.txt

"Joel Salatin: How to prepare for a future increasingly defined by localized food & energy"
an interview of Joel Salatin, a farmer who uses sustainable practices.

"...we live in strange days when Coca Cola, Twinkies and Coco Puffs are considered safe but raw milk, compost-grown tomatoes and Aunt Matilda's pickles are considered hazardous substances."

Joel Salatin states that modern farming methods that use unnatural methods contribute to human disease. Natural methods recyle plant nutrients into the soil. The soil is enriched without manufactured ferilizers which do not contain trace nutrients and which are not sustainable.

"... everything that we see is completely and utterly dependant on an unseen world of beings in the soil that never make it to the page of a business plan or a bank statement."

"We don't think about it in the shower in the morning when we are getting ready to go to work "Let's see, how are my activities today going to impact this soil web, this miraculous, mystical, awesome, unseen world that runs all the plants, all the animals, all the water cycle, all the nutrient cycling? What are my activities today going to do to that?"

Grass fed herbivores such as beef cattle, goats, and sheep can be part of a no-till system that enriches the soil, provides human nutrition, and is sustainable and ecologically sound.

Advocates buying locally produced food which encourages use of less energy and promotes a more sustainable system of food production and distribution.

Unsustainable practices will necessarily someday create disruptions that will force changes.

"... there are warning signs abundantly strewn about the landscape for anybody who cares to look. A lot of people are, that's the good news.

"And the other good news ... is that integrated approaches and integrated understandings of how these pieces fit together are well within our grasp."


Summary by Alan Detwiler, self sufficiency advocate. Bio at